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Updated 09 February 2022


Please email Bryan on/before the Sunday prior to each walk if you wish to join that week's walk
On the Monday following, Bryan will email the names of the walkers for that walk
The group will be a maximum of 30
Remember to wear your name tag

22 June 2022
Vaughan Springs

Fifteen walkers set off in cloudy conditions from the Vaughan Springs car park and headed for Tubal Cain Cornish chimney.
We were grateful that Sue and Angie had reconnoitred the track because there were a number of track intersections. The day remained dry and we made it back to the car park by 12.30.
On the way back to Castlemaine most walkers stopped for lunch at the Five Flags Hotel in Campbells Creek to celebrate the winter solstice. We are all looking forward to more daylight!
Thanks Sue and Angie for leading the walk.
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8 June 2022
Tipperary Springs
Daylesford

Nine keen winter walkers met at Lake Daylesford to walk from Sailors Gully to Tipperary Springs and then back along the Gold Fields track.
Wet weather gear was recommended however we only experience a light mist.
Thanks to Greg for leading the walk and sharing his many childhood memories in the area.

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25 May 2022
Mt Alexander
Harcourt

Bryan B led us on an interesting 6 km walk around the highest part of the Mt Alexander Regional Park 744 metres above sea level.
We walked out on Ballantinia track (Ballantinia antipode) https://www.castlemaineflora.org.au/pic/b/balla/baant.htm on the east side of the mount and then up a steep pinch to Langs Lookout where we enjoyed views to Sutton Grange. https://harcourt.vic.au/langs-lookout-mount-alexander/
The group followed the Gold fields track over to the West side of the range stopping for morning tea at Shepherds Flat. https://harcourt.vic.au/shepherds-flat-lookout/
We then went off track until reaching an abandoned Quarry https://heritage.harcourt.vic.au/harcourt-granite/near to our starting point.
It was a relatively short walk and most members felt it was a good workout in our local bushland. Thanks BB.
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11 May 2022
Kalimna North
Castlemaine

Eleven members met opposite the Castlemaine Secondary College in Lawson Parade for a walk around Kalimna Park north.
We began our walk, and soon arrived at the site of the Devonshire Reef mine where Peter Turner provided a brief history of the site. From there we wended our way up to the Tourist Road and across, following a foot pad down into Moonlight Flat.
There is a big difference between the southern end of Kalimna Park and where we were walking in a more park-like environment with visible signs of mining including the ruin of a substantial stone house with ancient fruit trees around it.
We continued past the grave of an unknown miner to the highest point in the park, before crossing over the Tourist Road again to return to our start point.
Thanks to Peter Turner for an excellent walk which was full of interest.
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27 April 2022
Melville Caves Mt Kooyoora

Our walk to Melville Caves and Mt Kooyoora was very enjoyable. It is about one hour from Castlemaine and certainly a different landscape to our local area.
It has stunning granite boulders and great views of the countryside to the south. The weather was light mist and rain at times. It was good to be testing our coats.
Thanks Greg for leading the group on the day.
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13 April 2022
Maldon

With a couple of last minute withdrawals, eleven walkers tackled the slopes of Mt Tarrengower in near perfect conditions for walking.
Interpretive boards at Anzac Hill and at the My Tarrengower tower provided the group with information about the area. This was supplemented by a couple of articles discovered by Bryan giving some information about Lisle's Reef and the Caledonian quartz kilns.
Most of the group then stayed on for lunch at the Kangaroo Hotel.
Thanks Bryan and Julie for leading the walk.
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30 March 2022
Chewton

Eleven walkers enjoyed ascending The Monk south west of Chewton. We hiked on to the Dingo Park, inspected the Eureka Mine and strolled the Poverty Gully Channel back to the start of our journey.  Thanks to Heather for reading and sharing the 1862 publication (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/197093544?searchTerm=the%20monk%20Castlemaine)  which gave a colourful explanation of what past walkers to the Monk would have seen. We needed to use our imagination because the revegetation now blocks many of the described views!
Thanks Heather and Sharon for leading the walk. 
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23 March 2022
Elphinstone

Sixteen walkers met at the Octopus today and car pooled a short drive to Elphinstone where we parked at a crossing over the Coliban main channel.
Our walk followed the channel upstream for a short distance to a crossing where we followed a faint pad though the bush.
We then followed a number of tracks west and south to near Taradale where we stopped in the bush for a break.
From there we rejoined the Coliban main channel which we followed downstream to our start point.
Thanks Brier and Frances (and Keith in absentia).



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9 March 2022
Creswick

John lead fifteen members on the walk from La Gerche Forest to Lake St George Creswick. Again the weather was perfect.
Most of the walkers joined us for a lovely lunch in Creswick. Thanks John.
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23 February 2022
North Chewton
Castlemaine

Fifteen members joined our walk in the Garfield Wheel/Golden Point bush north of Chewton. It is a very popular walk area and there are lots of tracks to be further explored. The weather was perfect.
Thanks Deb for leading the walk.
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9 February 2022
Kalimna Park
Castlemaine

Eighteen members joined our first walk in 2022. The day was warm and provided pleasant walking conditions. It was an easy walk with a few steep inclines.
Thanks Gerry for leading the walk and for arranging morning tea at The Dove.

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